On Tuesday, the White Home formally threw its help behind a invoice pushed by Tiger King star Carole Baskin to limit unique animal possession.
In a press release, the Biden administration stated that the Massive Cat Public Security Act “would construct on present legal guidelines that shield large cats like tigers, cheetahs, jaguars, and different wild animals residing in captivity in the USA” and “restrict possession of those animals to zoos, sanctuaries, universities, and businesses.”
The measure — launched by Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) — would formally ban the cub petting industry of lions, tigers, and different large cats featured in Netflix’s hit Tiger King documentary launched in 2020. As highlighted within the present, non-public zoos often host occasions the place park-goers are allowed to pet the cubs of small cats.
For years, animal rights activist teams have criticized the apply that they are saying harms animals and threatens public security.
“As a result of cubs can solely be ‘dealt with’ for a number of months, this apply leads to cubs being prematurely weaned and forcibly separated from their moms, usually leading to long-term psychological repercussions,” the Animal Legal Defense Fund says in a message of help for the measure on its web site.
Personal zoos, just like the one run by Joe Unique and different homeowners featured on the present, profit from the loosely regulated cub petting and personal cat possession enterprise. The laws may dramatically have an effect on how companies like these function, stripping away a big portion of the income earned via petting points of interest.
Early final month, the New York Post reported that Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, a non-public zoo proprietor featured in Tiger King, was booked by the FBI. No fees have been listed, based on The Put up, however Antle has confronted quite a few fees of felonies, together with abuse of unique animals, over time.
The Home is predicted to vote on a handful of payments, together with the massive cats measure, as early as this week.